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1 Julian: A Disciple’s Spirituality © Mary Cresp RSJ

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3 Julian’s Spirituality (Anne Player) The basic pattern of the spiritual life of Julian Tenison Woods was personal relationships. Christ his brother. Mary his loving mother. The saints friends and models.

4 Julian’s Spirituality (Anne Player) The incarnation: Sacred Heart as the loving Christ. Mass and the Eucharist focal points.

5 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Jesus Jesus ‘Is not Christ our Lord sufficient for us? He is our strength and what can be found like His love and generosity?' (Letter to Srs Perp. Adoration ) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

6 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Mary & the Communion of Saints Mary & the Communion of Saints ‘Let us sing with joy to her – our Love, our sweetness and our Hope – with all the power of her Son to help us!' (Letter to Srs Perp. Adoration, 29/8/87) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

7 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Friends Friends ‘We must love others so much as to feel no happiness as great as that of serving them and advancing their interests.’ (June ‘70) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

8 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Suffering Suffering ‘l have had many crosses some of which have made me wonder how I live under them but if I loved Our Lord dearly they would be sweeter than consolations.’ (To Mary, 6/6/75) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

9 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Creation Creation ‘I see God in the glorious sunset and sunrise and they only serve to remind me how pale and lonely they are in comparison with the reality.’ (Letter to Mary 1870) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

10 Reflect: Julian’s life journey in relationships – enveloped in God. Life circumstances Life circumstances ‘God's will is to be your only guide, your only dependence, your only comfort.’ (Letter to Mary, 27/12/70) How real and “lived” is my relationship with God?

11 As Julian Prayed Prayed Words: Words: Mary Cresp RSJ Music: Music: Michael Herry FMS

12 As Julian prayed, so we pray O God Your Son is with us in Sacrament and Word We are his Body, our mission His conferred. Form us all into Christ, his word in us be heard.

13 O Eucharist, Word made flesh, become our bread;

14 Sacred Bible, God’s holy Word, clothed in human speech,

15 written word of the Eternal Word, may you share our hearts,

16 and possess an equal place in our affections. (Woods. Chaplet and Southern Cross, May 1872: 413.)

17 As Julian prayed, so we pray O God Your Holy Spirit pours forth on us your grace Let us be open, Your will for life embrace Form us all into Christ, that all may see your face. I will be with you. The Lord himself will be with you and will not fail you Text (Deut 31:8) Julian kept on his desk

18 We are but instruments in the hands of God never acting as if we were more. We are but instruments in the hands of God never acting as if we were more.

19 O God, breathe into this flute so that the sounds which issue are animated by Your Holy Spirit. are animated by Your Holy Spirit. (Woods, Book of Instructions, Sisters of St Joseph.)

20 As Julian prayed so we pray O God You are creator In you all has its birth Your love connects us; each creature has its worth. Form us all into Christ as now we care for Earth

21 The rock on which we stand has lived and died, has been a thing of life and is now stone.

22 Whether we search in earth or sky or sea we are ever lured by God, eternal mystery. (Woods, Geological Observations, 1862.) Whether we search in earth or sky or sea we are ever lured by God, eternal mystery. (Woods, Geological Observations, 1862.)

23 As Julian prayed so we pray O God As Julian prayed so we pray O God In life’s true living our cross reveals your Son In life’s true living our cross reveals your Son Our paschal hoping gives courage Our paschal hoping gives courage when there’s none when there’s none Form us all into Christ till victory is won. Form us all into Christ till victory is won.

24 Whatever that happens, God is with you in it all. If you leave it in God’s hands, God will bring it right. All God wants is our affection and our love. In such great mystery we can entirely trust. (Woods, Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 1881)

25 As Julian prayed, so we pray O God Your Son is with us in Sacrament and Word We are his Body, our mission His conferred. Form us all into Christ, his word in us be heard.

26 (As Julian prayed, prayed,so we pray …) we pray …)

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